Watch: The Thin Red Line 1998 123movies, Full Movie Online – U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all costs. What happens next is a story of redemption and the meaninglessness of war. Regardless of the outcome..
Plot: The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived.
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As war movies go, this one sucks. I’m pretty sure (although I didn’t read it, that the novel (and maybe original screenplay) must have been fantastic, but Terrence Malick really bungled this: no clear vision, no character investment, a ridiculous amount of stupid jump cuts. I was willing to quit 40% into the film but my wife wanted to see the rest (as almost kind of a challenge to see if she could spot another of the many famous that wanted to work with him (and probably regretted it later).
The circumstances around Terence Malick’s The Thin Red Line are sometimes more talked about than the film itself. The reclusive director had made a big splash in the Seventies, but there followed two decades of silence. When he finally reappeared in 1998 to direct this adaptation of James Jones’s novel about the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II, many actors were desperate to work with him and he was able to gather a large ensemble cast. He shot over five hours of footage but had to cut it down to three, leaving out many actors entirely from the finished version.
The Thin Red Line tells of the American battle against Japanese forces on the island from the landing on its beach to the time the initial troops are relieved and sail off for some new, unknown deployment. But it actually begins shortly before this when Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), who has been AWOL and living with the local Melanesian people on a nearby island, is discovered by a patrol and brought in before his sargeant. The battle itself involves the men of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division: besides Caviezel as Witt, major roles are played by Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Adrien Brody and Ben Chaplin. Elias Koteas is Capt. Staros, who tries to look out for his men, while a hyperbolic Nick Nolte plays their commander who sees the infantry as nothing but cannon fodder to wrecklessly throw at the Japanese.
For most of its 3-hour length, the men are torn apart by Japanese machine gun fire as they try to take a hill, but the enemy is never directly seen. Between scenes of great violence, there are portentous voiceovers by various characters as they meditate on what war says about the larger human drama. Eventually US forces are able to overcome Japanese positions, and the Japanese side of the offensive is depicted with more fairness and equanimity than in most American films on the Pacific Theatre of the war.
While the realistic depiction of battle might touch viewers — and its hard to knock any World War II film since they spur one to read more about this crucial event in history, this is not a great film. It has obviously been cut heavily from its original length. John C. Reilly appears several times at the centre of shots, clearly meant to be a major character, but most of his scenes and all of his back story were cut. The philosophic voiceovers come across as pretentious instead of insightful. Furthermore, I find this a very “Hollywood” film, with the acting often exaggerated. Woody Harrelson doesn’t play a WWII grunt, he plays Woody Harrelson. George Clooney appears at the end and all realism goes out the window: there’s no way this suave, handsome leading man has been fighting a war for some time now. Hans Zimmer’s musical score too obviously pulls the audience towards prescribed emotions.
It is beautiful. It is poetic, sad freshman type poetry.
It just isn’t good. It is inaccurate about both the Japanese and the natives. It is most likely inaccurate about most WWII US soldiers. It is a bunch of undeveloped characters all inner-monologuing the same type of pretentious “poetry”. These characters are set off against their superior officers. I didn’t notice any of them inner-monologuing, but, honestly, sometimes it is just a blur. And honestly, there were times I shut the volume off for a few minutes. That was the best way to endure this, instead of shutting the whole thing off. I guess the superior officers are too busy being evil to inner-monologue.
I’m as “anti-war” as most people. The cartoonish approach of this film does not do justice to that.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 50 min (170 min), 3 hr 35 min (215 min) (rough cut)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Terrence Malick
Writer James Jones, Terrence Malick
Actors Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 7 Oscars. 21 wins & 47 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 III, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses, Panavision Panastar, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Atlab Film Laboratory Service, Sydney, Australia
Film Length 4,674 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Kodak Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 4K DCP, 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)